If you fancy jetting off somewhere this Thanksgiving then here are some great vacation ideas so you don’t have to stress over cooking the bird and dealing with your mother-in-law (or vice versa!) Maybe you want to get the whole gang together and travel as a family to try out something new. Whatever your motivation, you’ll have much to give thanks for at any one of these destinations:
#1 Belle Mont Farm, St Kitts
Gorgeous weather plus home-grown farm food is what’s on the menu when you visit this farm on the Caribbean island of St Kitts. Your Thanksgiving dinner will include more than 90% of ingredients straight from the farm’s own land and animals in true traditional Thanksgiving fashion. This vacation won’t see you go hungry as it’s all-inclusive too and you’re even encouraged to help the chef pick the ingredients! Relax in a private cottage and choose from between one and four bedrooms.
Nobody should need an excuse to go to Hawaii but if you do, then Thanksgiving is as good an excuse as any. The weather is still fantastic, albeit a little rainy plus the tourist numbers will have dipped, leaving you quieter resorts and plenty of space on the beach. Most of the resorts will lay on a fine feast of a turkey dinner and by choosing a destination like Waikiki, you’ll not only get less rain but also the chance to enjoy the holiday parade commemorating Pearl Harbor.
#3 Orlando, Florida
What could more magical than whisking the kids off for a magical weekend at Disney World for Thanksgiving? Yes, it could be busy but the theme parks offer extended opening hours during the holiday so there’s plenty of time and room to get on all the rides. You’ll discover a huge number of feasting options with traditional Thanksgiving dinners being served right in Downtown Disney as well as at the resorts. For extra special memories, why not take a Disney Cruise complete with turkey and all the trimmings plus appearances from all your favorite Disney characters.
#4 New Orleans, Louisiana
If it’s a good time you’re seeking then nowhere does good times like New Orleans! Experience the unique Thanksgiving ‘turducken’, a triple meaty feast of chicken in duck in turkey. You won’t want to miss the celebrations of the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade which marches right through the heart of the city and attracts the young and young at heart in equal measure. The following day, the trees in the City Park are covered in thousands of pretty lights and train ride carries you through over 20 acres of magical displays.
#5 New York
The Thanksgiving Parade in the Big Apple is an event not to be missed and you know it’s something special when 3 million arrive to watch it every year. Experience the thrill of huge balloons, marching bands, famous faces and floats galore. If you want to watch in style then book into one of the hotels along the route and view the spectacle from the comfort of plush surroundings. You’ll already be in town for the amazing Black Friday shopping in the heart of New York. Be sure to make an early reservation for Thanksgiving dinner as the restaurants book up quickly.
#6 Kiawah Island, South Carolina
This luxury retreat goes all out for Thanksgiving holiday and nowhere more so than The Sanctuary Hotel. This 5-star resort puts on a veritable feast in the ballroom in the form of a Thanksgiving buffet. Grab the kids and try your hand at some pumpkin hockey or building sand castles on the beachfront. They also stage a party with entertainment, food and drink and plenty of activities to keep the children busy while you relax. The last morning of the celebrations, Santa drops by to light the tree and offers some cookie decorating fun too.
If the thought of spending any time with your family has you breaking out in a cold sweat then why not get as far away as possible and head for your own private island right in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean? Catch your own lobster dinner and let the chef prepare it for your Thanksgiving dinner this year. This is paradise where you can dive, snorkel or do absolutely nothing but unwind. If you do need to take along kids or spouses then there’s plenty of room. Each private bungalow and main villa host up to 10 guests and come complete with verandas for soaking up those desert island vistas.